Best Big Island Luau, Hawaii in 2023
These best Big Island of Hawaii luau in 2023 are a must see when you are looking for an exciting experience that includes great Polynesian cuisine, storytelling, Hula dancing and learning more about the culture of Hawaii. You will be thrilled with the options you have which range from the Haleo Luau on the Big Island at the Sheraton Keahou Resort to the Gatherings of the Kings at the Fairmont Orchid to the Legends of the Pacific Luau at the Kamehameha Court to the Mauna Kea Oceanfront Luau and you can even add-on a submarine ride with the Royal Kona Resort Luau. Luaus boast great choreographed Hula dancing which is accompanied by fire dancers and authentic Polynesian music. The Polynesian cuisine is fabulous with favorites like Kalua pork, lomi lomi salmon and chicken long rice. No matter where you are located on the Big Island there is a perfect luau that your family will be thrilled to watch.
Voyagers of the Pacific-Royal Kona Resort Luau
Lots of traditional food, storytelling, dancing, and great memories are created when you decide to attend the Voyagers of the Pacific Luau at the Royal Kona Resort. Your 3-hour island experience begins when you arrive at the Royal Kona Resort overlooking Kailua Bay where you will be treated to a lei made of shells, learn how to make a lei, and sip a refreshing mai tai before dinner. The evening feast starts with ceremony to remove a delicious roasted pig from a traditional Imu underground oven which is accompanied by other delights like lomi lomi salmon, huli huli chicken, poke, several types of poi, and plenty of side dishes from salads to fresh fruits. The entertainment for the night is superb with hula dancing, drumming, singing, and there is a wonderful fire knife dance to highlight the evenings fun. Another great thing about this best Big Island luau is the gorgeous sunset you will experience where the sky turns into a colorful pastel canvas before turning dark when thousands of stars begin to appear in the darkness.
Ho'omau-A Mai Grille Luau
When you are looking to attend a fascinating evening of traditional storytelling, great food, and plenty of libations, then you need to book the Ho'omau A Mai Grille Luau. Your 3-hour Big Island Luau night of fun starts when you arrive at the award winning Mai Grille located at Waikoloa Beach Golf Course. Once there you can learn how to make a lei, browse interesting local arts and crafts, and gaze out over the beautiful Waikoloa Beach. The evening brings plenty of traditional cuisine to the table such as Kalua pork, teriyaki chicken, lomi lomi salmon, steamed rice, poi, and poke. But the entertainment is the best when your eyes feast on gorgeous hula dancers telling stories of how the Polynesian gods made their trip to the Hawaiian Islands. There is plenty of drumming, singing, and even a fire dance that is brilliantly choreographed to tell the stories of people from Tonga, Tahiti, Samoa, Fiji, and New Zealand.
Pilikana-A Kona Inn Luau
Plilkana-A Kona Inn Luau is a great Big Island luau for you to try that combines storytelling with plenty of traditional food and lots of entertainment for a perfect night out. Your 3.5-hour Polynesian adventure starts when you arrive at the Kona Inn Shopping Village where you can browse through many of the shops with traditional arts and crafts of the islands. After you receive a handcrafted lei you witness a traditional Imu ceremony where a roasted pig is taken from ground to your table. Other traditional dishes are served like lomi lomi salmon, huli huli chicken, poke, fresh fruit, salads, Hawaiian sweet breads, and plenty of poi. The brilliantly choreographed Polynesian show highlights the travels of Polynesian people from places like Samoa, Tonga, New Zealand, and Tahiti to Hawaii where they found a new home to live. The hula dancing is second-to-none on the island with loud drumming accompanied by chanting and singing. Another great highlight from the show is the fire knife dance where you won't believe the moves as the fire glows in the night sky.
Island Breeze Luau on the Big Island
Island Breeze Luau is the most exotic Big Island Luau that will get you right into the mood of the Hawaiian vibe. Fun, colorful and vibrant, you will soon be dancing to the beat of drums with a lei, or necklace of shells and flowers around your neck. The event takes place near the historic Kamakahonu Bay and AhuÕena. The event starts with the symbolic arrival of King Kamehameha, signalled by a Court Conch Herald and a Court Chanter. Then settle down in the royal grounds and be awed by Maori war dances and astounding Samoan fire and knife dancers. Learn how to do the Hula and take part in a colorful dance routine. When you need a break, dinner awaits! A breathtaking buffet of traditional Polynesian delights will tempt your taste buds and an open bar serves exotic cocktails all night long. The setting is straight out of a movie scene with a night sky full of sparkling stars, boats passing by and the twinkling lights of Kona in the distance.
Gathering of the Kings Luau on the Big Island
Learn all about the fascinating legends of Hawaii on our next stunning Big Island Luau. The Gathering of the Kings takes place on the scenic Kohala Coast at the Fairmont Orchid. You will be welcomed Island-style with a colorful lei and shown to your seats. Lunch is served on huge platters and you can sample famous delicacies like kalua pork, Hawaiian-style pork roasted in an underground oven, lomi-lomi salmon and papaya chicken. For the kids, favorites like macaroni and cheese or chicken fingers are also on offer. End your meal with a scrumptious warm Hawaiian chocolate pudding or honey cake. Unlimited drinks are available from the open bar. After your meal, you will be entertained with breathtaking stories of the legends, culture and history of ancient Polynesia, all told in dance and music with fabulous performers, lighting and vibrant costumes. The perfect way to start your vacation! Tour lasts for about 3.5 hours, departs from and returns to the Plantation Estates at the Fairmont Orchid.
Legends of the Pacific Luau
The next Big Island Luau not to be missed is the Legends of the Pacific Luau. This fabulous evening filled with vibrant dances, colorful costumes and thrilling stories will delight the whole family. The event takes place at the Kamehameha Court at the oceanfront resort on the Kohala Coast. Settle down under the stars and get ready for a breathtaking evening. Hear the epic cultural stories of Hawaii as they are told with acting and dancing. Learn about the the ancient arts of Coconut Husking and Kapa Stamping. Be awed as drums beat out exotic tales and fire dancers jump, turn and twist with blazing flames on fire-sticks. Enjoy a delectable meal of traditional fare with tempting dishes like kalua pig, fresh island fish, roast chicken with mango and green peppercorn sauce and loads of tropical fruits and salads. Wash it down with a refreshing Mai Tai or a Keiki cocktail for the kids. Make sure you buy a local hand made piece from the craftsmen to take home as a souvenir.
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Mauna Kea Oceanfront Luau
Party for hours at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel at the North Side, Luau Grounds, when you join this stunning Big Island Luau. The food is scrumptious, the dancers are vibrant and the vibe will be remembered for ever! Learn all about the fascinating culture and history of the Islands as they are enacted with dance and music. While you watch the show, enjoy a dinner of traditional food like kalua pig, island fish, lomi salmon, sashimi with heaps of pineapple and papaya. Kids will be enthralled by the knife and fire dancers and everyone, including Grandma, can learn to do the Hula. End your evening with a walk along the beach to spot the stingrays swimming inland and then watch the sun set over the ocean in this tropical paradise. Take your complimentary shell lei or necklace home as a reminder!